This is a Martin S1 Mahogany Soprano Ukulele dated circa 1932-36 in "very good" condition. The tuning pegs have been replaced, but all else is original.
Ukuleles were in highest production from 1916 to the 1930's, though still manufactured in quantity until 1965. Production quantities during some periods were as great as Martin guitars. Martin ukes are considered to be the best for craftsmenship and sound. The Koa wood models are more collectible than mahagony models. The fancier style 5 models are worth more than plainer styles 0 to 3. All sizes are collectible.
The first Martin ukes, built in 1916, have serial numbers ranging from one to less than 200. Ukes made after 1916 do not have serial numbers and must be dated by specification changes.
Ukes have the Martin stamp on the back of the peghead until 1935. Peghead decals do not appear in catalog photos till after WWII.
Martin Style 1 Uke specs:
Introduced in 1918, the first Martin uke model made. Discontinued in 1965.
Introduced in 1918,
First 200 or so ukes serial numbered, thereafter without.
Rosewood outer body binding with inner black/white.
12 fret rosewood fingerboard with bar frets.
Earliest examples with boxwood bridge saddle and nut.
C.F.Martin & Co. on back of headstock.
Small dot inlays.
Rosewood friction pegs.
1920: Koa wood 1K available
1927: Patent pegs
1932: Decal logo on front of headstock
1934: T frets, dark plastic binding
1942: Style 1K last listed
1965: Style 1 last listed and discontinued.
This is a Nicolaus Amati Copy circa 1920 violin being sold with bow and case. The case appears to be original.
Niccolo Amati was a teacher of Stradavari. Born 1596, Died 1684. His violins are considered technically perfect, and are copied much. He started with a smaller model than Stradavari. Then Niccolo worked on a "Grand Model."
Nicolo (1596-1684), son of Hieronymus, grandson of Andrea, and nephew of Antonio, is considered the greatest instrument maker of the family. His instruments are much admired for their beautiful and penetrating, though not powerful, tone. Violins, violas, cellos, several three- string bass viols, and at least one pochette by his hand are known.
$ 495.99This 3/4 sized Pfretzsefzner Violin Outfit is previously owned and is in very good VINTAGE condition. It has a couple of scratches chips along the edges. There is no major or structural issues. Includes case and bow. Actual item pictured for your review, please see photos for condition.
In 1957 in an effort to bolster their stand up bass business Gibson purchased their arch rival the Epiphone Guitar Company and moved production to Kalamazoo, Michigan. Along with the sought after bass tooling Gibson acquired access to many storied models and a brand name with a history of quality and prestige. With plans to expand retail distribution by differentiating Epiphone dealers from Gibson dealers, Gibson began production of a new line of "Kalamazoo-made and designed" Epiphones in 1959.
For over a decade from 1959 through early 1970 Epiphone solid body guitars and basses were produced in limited numbers right along side some of the greatest Gibson's of all time. These Epiphone guitars represented some of the highest quality and best sounding instruments of their generation. They provided unique shapes, pickup arrangements, and tonal signatures not seen on comparable Gibson models of the day.
The Epiphone Olympic started out looking similar to a Les Paul Special Doublecut From 1960 until 1962. In 1963, Epiphone redesigned the Olympic to match its other solid body guitars such as the Coronet and Wilshire. The original Olympic body shape became the Olympic Special with slight modification to the lower horn, which was shortened and re-angled slightly.
The Olympic, Crestwood, Coronet and Wilshire guitars are often confused with the ET-Series, which were a Japanese-made amalgamation of the older Epiphone body shapes and designs.
This is a 1965 Epiphone Olympic Special being sold in "Excellent" condition. Includes non-original case.